Hedgerow House Art Exhibits

Hedgerow House highlights an artist of the month on its walls throughout the summer season, giving guests and visitors the opportunity to see some of the creative talent found on Salt Spring Island. The Gulf Islands are a magnet for artists of every kind and we shine a light on local painting, sculpture, weaving, textile art and other creative mediums. From pottery to print making, from water colour to woodworking, from jewellery to sculpture, you will find every artistic discipline represented here.

Biographies of the artists on display and catalogues of their work will be available. All art pieces displayed are for sale.

For an archive of monthly exhibits see below.

The Salt Spring Art Scene

Salt Spring is a haven for artists of every kind. Galleries and studios abound. You can you stroll among the galleries in Ganges, visit the artists in their studios (by appointment) or attend one of the many special exhibitions. Check the Calendar of Events to see what’s on when you are visiting the island. We are happy to make introductions or appointments to visit one of the many artists. In addition there is the Salt Spring Studio tour, which takes in  many artisan studios and gives the visitor the opportunity to visit local artisans in their place of work. Pick up a Studio Tour map and go explore.

Hedgerow House Artist of the Month Exhibits

Susan Haigh

June 2015

Susan Haigh was born on Salt Spring Island and has always lived close to nature. Working in oils or acrylic on canvas or board, she creates compositions from her own reference photographs. With an eye for the special details that characterize each plant, her paintings are full of light and vibrant colour.

photo 2-3As a gardener, Susan has been continually surprised by the range of colours and variety of forms taken on by different plants. Textures and patterns abound, from the centre of a tiny flower to the broad view of a whole landscape. Mimicking the bold designs of nature, Susan’s canvases echo the excitement and relentless energy of all life. Susan Haigh’s paintings can be found in private collections in Canada, USA, Germany and New Zealand.

Eva Francis

July 2015

Eva Francis was born and raised in BC. She attained her BFA from University of Manitoba, and continued her studies at Parsons School of Design in NYC. On a clear day, the landscapes of the BC coast are some of the most breathtaking of any place on Earth, but in the dark and wet of winter, it is sometimes difficult to see beauty. On those days I go outside to get fresh air, and in the process, experience the views with all my senses.

IMG_6468The landscape becomes atmospheric; colours are suspended in the air. The view changes from grey to green in moments. Then when the sunlight seeps through, however fleeting – it gives my spirits a lift that keeps me going.

In the attempt to capture that feeling as the weather changes before me, my focus is on the close and the distant views. I hope when you look at my paintings, you share my perception of this special place.

IMG_6461Encaustic painting is an ancient technique that has had a resurgence in popularity with the advent of better tools and technology. It is also known as hot wax painting involving the use of molten beeswax tinted with pigments that are applied with brushes to a wood panel or cradleboard. Each layer is fused to the previous layer using a torch, iron, or heat gun. The surface can be manipulated with incising tools, etc, to add or reveal layers below and to add texture. Objects, such as paper, string and metal may also be embedded into the layers.